-“Sevenpenny Library” Edition in the Rare Dust Jacket-
“Sevenpenny Library” Edition
Hodder & Stoughton [London]
Biblio: (Cohen A3.6.a) (Woods A3d)
16mo (260 pages, with frontis photo)
Hardcover (with Dust Jacket) [Red cloth]
Item Number: 206426
Savrola was Winston Churchill’s first and only novel; a statement of personal and political philosophy delivered as a work of dystopian fiction about dictatorship (with an astonishing relevance to our own dire present moment in time). U.S. publication preceded the British issue by roughly ten days, rendering the American first edition the true first.
A clothbound paperback-equivalent of the World War I-era, this small and rather fragile “Cheap” edition did not age well and its striking dust jacket rarely survived and is virtually never seen.
This is an exceptional copy. The jacket has faded along the spine, with edge-chipping at the head and tail. There are fractional chips along the upper edge of the front face and a closed tear along the lower, but overall the jacket is impressively bright and complete. The red cloth is vibrantly fresh, if faintly faded from red to pinkish-red. The contents are fine, the pages a trifle browned, as per usual, and the prelims very lightly toned, with a vintage bookshop inkstamp on the front free endaper. Else fine.